“Fun House” by The Stooges - album review

TJR says

No John Cale around for their second LP, this time produced in L.A. by former Kingsmen keyboardist, Don Gallucci. Iggy Stooge is reborn as Iggy Pop. His influences; Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Jim Morrison are chewed up and spat out over the course of this provocative 36 minute rock-blast, whooping, howlin’ and snarlin’ his way through the set. It’s a good enough album – the performances are solid from all – but somehow it’s not nearly as exciting as last years’ debut. Compare album closers “Little Doll” (1969) vs “L.A. Blues” (1970). Loosely speaking, route-one catchiness has given way to indulgent extremities. “Fun House” has a strong mid-core though; “T.V. Eye” and “Dirt” close-out side 1 brilliantly and “1970” opens up side 2 (and the decade) with a sax-squalling two-chord thriller. A good ‘un – but, as I say, for me, far below the classic that was the 1969 debut.

The Jukebox Rebel
02-Jan-2008

A1 [03:43] 6.6.png The Stooges - Down On The Street (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Proto-Punk
A2 [03:34] 6.3.png The Stooges - Loose (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Proto-Punk
A3 [04:17] 7.9.png The Stooges - T.V. Eye (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Proto-Punk
A4 [07:03] 6.8.png The Stooges - Dirt (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Rock
B1 [05:15] 8.3.png The Stooges - 1970 (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Proto-Punk
B2 [07:47] 6.7.png The Stooges - Fun House (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Rock
B3 [04:57] 5.4.png The Stooges - L.A. Blues (Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg, Dave Alexander) Avant-Garde




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